Orb's Year 937
Caitlyn pulled her hand back and scoffed. "Ha! I'm older and fully pregnant! You should not tease me so! It's unkind!"
"Should I lead you to the bedroom to show you how wrong you are?" he asked playfully, wrapping his arms around her.
Caitlyn rested her head against her husband's shoulder. "I think perhaps that would be nice..."
He knocked the clay off the the table when he heard Caitlyn call out and bend over in pain. "Caitlyn!" he called, hurrying to her side.
"I'll go check on them," he promised her, rising from the bed. "You stay and rest. All will be well."
He wondered if they had done that on purpose...
Orb's Year 938
Orb's Year 939
"And I have missed you, too. I cannot wait until we're to be married!" she said, snuggling closer. "Uncle Ennis says the King will be most displeased to lose a servant, though."
Benjamin frowned. He hadn't considered what the King would have to say about losing a servant. "Do you think he will let you go?" he asked cautiously.
"The Royales are good people. I cannot imagine them standing in the way of true love." She worried her lower lip. "But, perhaps you should visit the castle and ask the King for my hand..."
Benjamin laughed then. "You should be thankful that I love you so! I have to visit two fathers to ask for your hand in marriage!"
Casey shook his head and smiled at Daisy, coming forward to throw her arm around her shoulder, pulling her further into the room. "Nothing, you just look like a young lady now! We're used to seeing you in diapers and drool!"
Casey pretended extreme hurt, "Oh! No! Stop! You're maiming me!"
And just like that, Daisy was accepted.
"Fine!" Garth said with exasperation. Straightening his tunic, he followed Lydia into the kitchen as Benjamin watched with glee.
"I'm sorry, I... well... I like someone else..." Lydia whispered haltingly.
Daisy just sighed forlornly and mumbled, "Nothing."
Orb's Year 940
"Casey Potter, you are incorrigible!" Gene Baker said sternly as she got up, attempting to appear non-plussed when the truth was that her heart was breaking. She'd always liked Casey - he was so funny and playful! But, he seemed to be interested in every girl but her!
"Come on! It's a night to celebrate! I see before me a beautiful old woman!" Dirk teased. "Now, I've brought my fiddle and I expect dancing!" he announced as he lead her inside.
Casey was surprised to find Gene in his arms and even more surprised to feel how good she felt.
Grinning, he held her tighter. "I feel so wretched," he said, faking a sad he no longer felt. "Perhaps you could make me feel better?"
Gene pulled back a bit and looked up into his eyes. "How?" she asked. "I'll do anything!"
Anything, Casey thought happily. Now this was more like it! Attempting to look very serious, he said, "A small little kiss."
Gene flushed with embarrassment... or was it pleasure? "If you think it would help," she said quietly.
Gene turned to Carey and looked down to the ground. "I'm afraid I haven't learned my letters, yet." she said sadly.
Casey frowned at Carey from behind Gene.
Gene gasped and turned around. "Would you truly, Carey? Do you promise?"
Carey nodded, feeling that he would promise the world if Gene would look at him like that again.
Casey cleared his throat. "Gene, I thought perhaps we might go talk, alone, about... something private... I need your advice."
Gene placed her hand on Carey's arm and smiled. "I'll be back later," she promised as she turned to Casey once again.
Carey watched with a sinking heart as Casey lead Gene away.
Ella giggled and ran after her twin sister.
A knock on the door had him hurrying over. "Gene?" he asked.
"No, I'm her twin, Gena. Is she here?" Gena asked.
Carey sighed. "No. Not right now. She went to talk to Casey."
"Well, I was sent to bring her home. Do you know where they might be?"
Carey thought about the few places that Casey might take her. "Maybe out behind the house," he suggested. "Or Taveryn's Kitchen?"
"I'll try behind the house, first," Gena said. "Thanks!"
Gene gasped and leapt away from Casey.
Gene bit her lip. "I was just helping him..." she trailed off, embarrassed.
Gena's raised an eyebrow and sent Casey a small little smirk. "I'm sure you were!" she said.
Gene looked up at Casey guiltily. "I'll see you later," she said softly.
"Bye Genie-Beanie," Casey said distractedly.
He had no trouble deciphering the look Gena sent him when she turned back to steal a glance. She was interested.
Perhaps just as interested as he was!
Carey scowled and pointedly ignored his twin brother.